Gallo Cedrone – Rooster Cedrone is a true gem!
Enterprisingly Ricardo met the local Toarmina - Castelmola bus that we travelled up to the village on at the Castelmola bus terminus and handed out small flyers inviting passengers to visit and sample the fare!
We were dubious at first but then decided we might as well try it and we were not disappointed.
After the steep walk up the hill our fellow passengers were lured by the bar at the top of the hill, overlooking the village square, but we decided to take a longer walk and investigate what was on offer!
We were greeted enthusiastically by Mamma Maria who speaks little English and our faltering attempts at Italian were welcomed. We were soon seated outside in a welcome shady part of the terrace as it was a very hot day. The terrace overlooks a valley with a fabulous view across to Mount Etna. The restaurant is a whole family affair : Roberto and sister Irene also share the cooking and there were several locals taking lunchtime drinks there while we were there.
We selected simple pasta dishes from the extensive menu and ordered a local white wine which had a real taste of honey and citrus to it’s bouquet.
A bruschetta was offered as a taster and this was the very best bruschetta we have ever tasted: garlicky and tomatoey with a really strong oregano flavour: the sort of taste that you want to bottle! Ricardo told us that he makes these from bread from the day before.
The pastas then arrived: Al Salmone for me and Arrabiata for my husband, both of these dishes just enough to satisfy the appetite but not overfill, and both truly scrumptious. Along with a bowl of grated parmigiano to add to our own taste.
The menu appeared again for dessert however we were both contented: my husband sampled an espresso coretto – with added grappa, and we were both given a small glass of local almond wine (Mandorla) after the meal.
This is truly a family affair and we really wished we could have visited again for the evening dining experience there.
As it was we wended our way back down the hill to the bus comfortably full and contented having experienced a tiny part of a part of the real Sicily which was what we went there to see.
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